Friday, March 8, 2013

Kauai 3

This is the Alakai Swamp. I recognized much of the vegetation as the 'houseplants' I`ve seen all my life. My guidebook said this is one of the few places in Hawaii where you can walk in the clouds. The goal with the painting was to depict the tangle of growth through purely painterly means. That sounds obscure but it means that the process had to be fun. Not methodical. So through quick gestures,  piling and pouring on paint, then smearing, blotting, scraping and carving through the wet surface until it coalesces into something that felt like that rainforest.
oil on panel 20"x20"


Maureen said...

Love the poetic description.

Lovely painting, Randall.

Melody Cleary said...

Before I read your description, I noticed the 'mark making' - lots of marks & quick strokes. Then I find out it's on the new panel....ooohhh - fun smearing paint around. I gotta try panels. Great painting!

Jo Reimer said...

Lovely, absolutely lovely and it sure captures the forest.

Ruth Armitage said...